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The benefits and dangers of medication for snoring

While it is not very common, sometimes it may be necessary to take medication for snoring when all other methods to stop snoring have proven to be of little or no help. For those who have suffered for years with snoring problems, snoring medication may finally help alleviate the problem and finally allow a person and their spouse or partner to get a full night’s sleep without the interruptions that snoring can cause.

There is a lot of natural and synthetic over the counter snoring medication available, all of which claims to reduce or completely eliminate snoring problems. However, many research studies have shown that these products, in general, are not nearly as effective as they claim to be. Still, they may be worth trying as some people have reported having great success with them.

Most medication for snoring is of the over the counter type, and it is extremely rare for a doctor to prescribe medicine to help with snoring. However, there are a few different devices that a doctor may prescribe if snoring is a major problem. Of course, using a natural sleep remedy is always the best and usually cheapest bet, and you should try any and all available methods before turning to medicine for snoring problems. 

Nonetheless, some people feel more comfortable visiting their doctor and taking their recommendations. Below you will find more information on the most commonly prescribed anti snoring remedy, as well as information on the different over the counter snoring medication available.

Doctor Prescribed Snoring Remedies

If you have tried the other snoring medication available with little luck, or if your doctor decides your snoring is caused by a more serious sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea, then the doctor may decide that it is time to prescribe an anti snoring device to help with the problem.

The most commonly prescribed anti snoring device is a continuous positive airway pressure unit, also known as CPAP. This device forces air through the throat and nasal passages, and is most useful in treating sleep apnea and the problems associated with it. With CPAP, the person must wear a mask that is hooked up to a respirator. 

medication for snoringWhile many people report having success stopping snoring and sleeping better while using CPAP, the majority of people find the device quite uncomfortable and report that it makes it more difficult for them to fall asleep. 

Other people feel quite self conscious while wearing the device and don’t want their partner to have to fall asleep next to a Darth Vader clone. This is why more and more people are starting to turn to natural remedies to help with their snoring problems.

Natural and Over the Counter Snoring Medication

There is a lot of natural and over the counter snoring medication available, usually available in either tablet or spray form. Some of the most common types of snoring medicine that people have recently begun turning to are based on natural Chinese remedies

medication for snoringThere are several different, naturally derived chemicals that many people claim help with snoring. Most over the counter medication for snoring has at least one, if not several, of these chemicals.

  • Synephrine is a chemical that is derived from immature bitter oranges, which is a type of small citrus plant found in China. Neo-Synephrine is commonly used to treat allergies and nasal congestion, which can make it very helpful in treating blockages of the sinuses which can lead to snoring.  

    It also contains high levels of vitamin C, which is also very useful as an anti-inflammatory agent. The only negative with synephrine is that it is a powerful stimulant, so it should not be taken in large doses. Pregnant women should also avoid it, and it should never be taken with another stimulant such as caffeine. 

  • Bromelain is a naturally occurring enzyme that is found in pineapples. Like synephrine, it has anti inflammatory properties and is very useful at reducing the amount of mucous in nasal passages and the throat, which can make it very useful in treating snoring. Bromelain is most effective when taken on an empty stomach, especially since eating a heavy meal to close to bedtime can exacerbate snoring problems. 

  • Coenzyme Q10 is a protein that occurs naturally in the body in the heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and lungs. It is a powerful anti oxidant, however may not actually help reduce snoring on its own. Nonetheless, coenzyme Q10 is a sleep promoter, so it can help a person fall into a deeper sleep and is most effective when taken with one of the other natural remedies. 

    Like most of the others, this chemical should be taken in moderation, and may result in side effects such as nausea, dizziness, and rashes. It should not be taken by diabetics or anyone else who is using insulin.

  • medication for snoringCapsaicin is a chemical that occurs in cayenne and other hot peppers, and is the chemical that makes them spicy. It is known to be very useful in decreasing inflammation of the respiratory system and breaking down mucous, which can make it very useful in helping with snoring.
  • Eucalyptus oil is another common chemical used in snoring medication, and contains cineole which again helps reduce respiratory inflammation and slows mucous production.
  • Peppermint oil is also used in many anti snoring throat sprays or can be inhaled. It works in very much the same way as eucalyptus oil at reducing snoring.

  • Jasmine is also used in the same way as both eucalyptus and peppermint to reduce mucous production and respiratory swelling and inflammation.

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